Even role models struggle.
Just like you.
You may recognize our ambassadors from their successes and peak performances. However being a role model comes with huge responsibility and pressure.
Behind the scenes, our ambassadors also had to face their personal demons, struggle with expectations, hardships and misfortune, and had to overcome their own mental blocks.
We are proud to have them sharing their stories, insights, personal tips and mental struggles with us.
After all, they are only human, just like you.
Ambassador / Founder
“During my professional football career, I have had some major positive and negative experiences. If I had had someone in my life who would have stood by me in those moments, I would have made different choices. By opening up about our struggles and worries, we can be that person to others.”
Ambassador / Founder
“I want to make sure that the threshold for each individual is lowered to discuss mental problems. So that they do not, like me, keep those problems to themselves and therefore make the wrong decisions.”
“I completely ignored my own interests. Not listening to myself to find out what my real needs are. But if I had kept pushing myself, I would have ended up in a burnout. The first precursors were already visible.”
Jan van Halst
“I always wanted to be liked by everyone. I wanted to please. Journalists, the public, the people at the club… When I realized that I had little influence over all of this, I was able to act more freely.”
“I am always, consciously or unconsciously, concerned about what others might think of me. As a result, I have always felt the need to prove to others that I am better than they think I am.”
“As a football player and as an entrepreneur, you have to deal with a lot of performance pressure. I have mostly tried to deal with it on my own, which made it a lot harder for me to cope with.”
Gregory van der Wiel
“I was good at being a football player, but that was not who I am as a person. I had this anger about injustice, sadness and disappointment inside me every day. There were so many emotions that I had bottled up. As a result, I started having panic attacks.”